Yoga for Pregnancy
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is also about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” Rothman KB (1996)
My Birthlight yoga sessions are a supportive space, where the need for self-nurture, bonding with your growing baby, along with shared joys and anxieties are all central to the yoga sessions.
Nourish yourself, your body and your baby
Many women worry about no yoga experience, remove any stress and have a 1:1 practice tailored to your needs. You will be supported with a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing. There is an opportunity to safely explore feelings that arise. The principles of yoga include balance, awareness and respect. Women will be supported to feel empowered and confident in their ability to give birth in whatever way they choose.
No time for classes, try a 1:1 session
Curious about yoga? This is an opportunity to have the session you want: choosing the level of yoga for your trimester. Do you want sequences specifically adapted for pregnancy and movements to alleviate discomforts and renew energy. Find out what can help your back or pelvic pain? This yoga practice that will help your body provide more space to nourish and grow your baby and enhance the enjoyment of your pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation skills and discussion as well as applying your yoga practice for labour are areas that can be included. Perhaps some deep relaxation is needed, allowing the body to release tensions and the mind to become still. Take a little time out to nourish and energise Mother and baby and feel the benefits. Be conscious of how your body feels and do seek medical advice regarding any health issues before starting a new activity.
It’s never too late to practise antenatal yoga! So if you’ve reached the end of your 3rd trimester and haven’t made it to a class a 1:1 session might be of benefits under the care of a qualified, experienced yoga teacher, holistic therapist and mother.
Benefits of Yoga during Pregnancy
- Keeps the body supple without straining
- Boost of energy
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Relax and promote restful sleep
- Can help to relieve pain in labour and childbirth
- Relieve common minor ailments (e.g. back pain, heartburn, constipation)
- Help the expectant mother to bond with her unborn baby through breathing and visualisation techniques
- Aid better posture, especially as the pregnancy develops, and mum-to-be becomes heavy
- Help to work and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
- Help mum-to-be let go of unnecessary tension and stiffness in her joints and muscles, without force or strain of any kind by using supports and breathing techniques
Antenatal yoga is recognised as a mainstream activity. It is now recommended to pregnant women by the medical profession as a healthy means of managing a pregnancy in a holistic way.
Pregnant employees have legal rights – including paid time off for antenatal care.
‘Antenatal care’ isn’t just medical appointments – it can also include antenatal or parenting classes if they’ve been recommended by a doctor or midwife. Read more…
“I am coming up on the end of my maternity leave and Finn is starting nursery tomorrow, and I have been doing a bit of reflecting and just wanted to say a massive thank you. You gave us such a great start through pregnancy and the birth and also the first few weeks of Finns little life. I don’t think I will ever truly be able to say just how big an impact you had on us but it has meant everything to me. So thank you for helping me see a calm and focused approach to everything.” Lesley-ann